A spectacular cast conducted by Maestro Gergiev for France's 14 July celebrations, broadcast to millions.
Joyce DiDonato, Bryan Hymel, Antonio Pappano and Philippe Jaroussky all receive a nod on the shortlist.
After conquering the French public with his debut album Héroïque, the tenor takes the stage with his soprano wife.
The New Orleans-born singer on how the hurricane hit him as an artist, playing pool, and of course: high notes.
Radio Classique interviews heroic tenor Bryan Hymel on his new abum of French opera arias, Héroïque.